Sizzling Wok-Cooked Bacon & Classic Afternoon Delights

Bacon Memoirs: Recollections of Delightful Crispiness

The mere whisper of sizzling wok-cooked bacon evokes a flood of cherished memories from my youth. Achieving that impeccable balance between tenderness and crispness might seem challenging, yet a wok perfects it every time. Our younger years were often marked by delightful surprises, courtesy of our nanny. She had a knack for conjuring the most delightful bacon sandwiches, our anticipated after-school snack. With her wok wizardry and slices of fresh bread, we’d indulge in these irresistible sandwiches, ideally complemented by velvety chocolate milk. This recipe pays homage to those nostalgic sandwich times and her unmatched kitchen prowess.

Why the Wok Wins for Bacon Cooking

Though there are countless ways to cook bacon – from cold pans to wire racks in ovens – none compare to the quick efficiency of a wok. While many households vouch for the cast-iron skillet, what do you do when it’s occupied with eggs or perhaps fluffy pancakes? Enter the wok. With its thin metallic structure, it heats rapidly. Plus, it’s eco-friendlier, reducing the need for foil or parchment paper. The wok’s unique design also allows for easy drainage, pooling the grease at the center, making it simple to drain the bacon. Most importantly, the wok gives bacon its characteristic texture – the harmonious blend of crunch and tenderness.

Texture Talk: Crispy vs. Tender

Who decreed that bacon must be rigidly crisp? Many cooking methods strive for this, but I’ve always been a fan of a balanced approach, a mix of soft and crispy. The wok, in this case, is a godsend. Start with flat slices and conclude by stir-frying to give it that desired texture. The result? A bacon that satisfies all texture preferences.

The Bacon Wisdom

Frying bacon, though rewarding, has its challenges: the lingering smell, the occasional oil splatters, and the quest for perfection. But, fear not! Years of handling the bacon duty has equipped me with valuable insights:

  • Plan ahead and defrost your bacon, or opt for a fresh pack.
  • Always cook extra. Because, let’s be honest, who can resist an extra piece?
  • While some suggest that starting on a cold pan prevents bacon from curling, I’ve seen mixed results. Adapt based on your preference.
  • Chopsticks might be an unconventional tool, but they’re incredibly handy. However, when in the wok, a spatula might just be your go-to.
  • A thrice-flipped bacon ensures even consistency: partially cooked, almost crispy, and the final browning to seal the deal. This method has consistently delivered perfectly cooked bacon.

And the pièce de résistance? Those perfectly fried bacons tucked between crispy, bacon-dripping toasted bread. If that doesn’t make you salivate, I’d question your human authenticity!


  • 6-8 slices of bacon (3-4 per sandwich)
  • 4 slices of crusty bread, preferably sourdough

The Recipe Rundown:

1. Preheat the wok until it smokes mildly. Lay the bacon evenly across, using the wok’s contours to your advantage.

2. Initially, let the bacon bask in the heat undisturbed. If it starts browning too quickly, lower the heat. The fat should render and give it a crispy edge.

3. Flip the bacon once semi-browned. Achieve a similar color on the other side, and then give it a good stir-fry for that unique texture. If you’re in the crispy bacon camp, give it an extra flip and lower the heat.

4. The wok’s curvature helps in draining the grease effortlessly. Move the bacon to the sides for effective drainage and then transfer to a plate.

5. With the remaining heat, toast the bread slices in the wok. For that extra decadence, drizzle some bacon drippings on them.

6. Craft your sandwiches with 3-4 bacon slices each. Relish while they’re still warm!

Bacon, apart from its unparalleled taste, is a good source of vital nutrients like protein, B vitamins (especially B1, B3, B5, B6, and B12), selenium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and zinc. While indulging in moderation is essential due to its fat content, it’s delightful to know that there are healthful elements in our cherished snack! Always opt for nitrate-free versions if possible. Enjoy every bite, not just for its taste but also for its nutritional punch!

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